US sanctions more Hezbollah officials



The United States has imposed sanctions on two officials from the Iran-backed Shi’ite Islamist group Hezbollah, the United States Treasury Department said.

Nabil Qaouk, a member of the group’s executive council, and Hassan al-Baghdadi were both designated “for being leaders or officials” of Hezbollah.

The Treasury Department said they were members of a council responsible for electing its highest decision-making body, the Shura Council, “which formulates policy and asserts control over all aspects of (Hezbollah’s) activities, including its military activities”.

First founded during the 1975-90 Lebanese Civil War by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hezbollah has also been designated a terrorist organisation by the United States, which has sanctioned several Hezbollah members, including its leader and deputy leader.

The action freezes any US assets of those on designated. The Treasury said that those that engage in certain transactions with those on the blacklist are also at risk of being hit with secondary sanctions.


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